The impact of dizziness on the quality of life of individuals with migraine

PURPOSE: To characterize the interference of dizziness in the quality of life of adults with migraine by describing its effects on the physical, emotional and functional aspects of the daily life of these individuals, using the questionnaire DHI (Dizziness Handicap Inventory) Brazilian Version. METHODS: Twenty-five adult patients of both genders, with ages between 20 and 80 years and diagnosis of migraine were evaluated. The subjects with dizziness complaints completed the DHI questionnaire Brazilian Version, which assesses the interference of dizziness in the quality of life of individuals, regarding physical, emotional and functional aspects. RESULTS: From the 25 patients with migraine interviewed, 80% presented dizziness complaint, and 90% of these were women. Functional and physical aspects had similar responses, compared to each other, which were different from the emotional aspect, which presented more inconsistent answers and a lower score. The emotional aspect was the one that less affected the patients' lives. CONCLUSION: The functional aspect was the most impaired in the quality of life of the studied patients, followed by physical and emotional aspects, respectively. The DHI proved to be an essential instrument to complement patients' assessment and for the monitoring of their clinical evolution.

Migraine; Headache; Dizziness; Vertigo; Questionnaires; Quality of life

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